Imagine you want to pick your kids up from school but your working hours make it impossible for you to get there in time. Or imagine you are having one of those rough days where nothing turns out as expected and the only thing you want is to go home but  there is no way you get to leave early.

Now imagine you get to choose your working hours and to manage your daily work as it best suits you. This way you could find a balance between your personal life and your job. Sounds good, right? It’s called flexiworking and has come to make our job (and life) easier.

What is flexiworking?

Flexiworking is a new working method where workers can manage their own work and schedule as it suits their needs. In short, it’s a way to make our job simpler, more efficient and more flexible.

A flexible working day means that employees get to choose what schedule and workplace best suits their needs. Companies provide with some flexible working patterns and then employees decide how to manage their hours.

There are two different trends, regarding this aspect. Some companies establish flexible entry/exit times but require all employees to be in the office at the same time at some hours in order to, for instance, hold a meeting.  However, other companies give total freedom for their employees to choose whether they want to work in the office or at home.

This working method implies that employees’ performance is measured by objectives achieved. What does it matter how and when you perform your job if you do all your duties?

Spanish working hours

The work culture we live in is strongly influenced by presenteeism. This is a belief that those who spend more hours in the office, regardless of their productivity, are more efficient and so, get better recognition.

However, it has been proven that these habits are not only unproductive but also they harm workers’ conciliation, commitment and motivation. Besides, this also reduces the company’s productivity. Presenteeism also leads to absenteeism and so, to the losses attached to it.

In other European countries, things are different. For instance, in the United Kingdom, 95% of the companies implemented flexiworking. All is to say that these countries have government policies that support these kinds of measures. Companies and workers are even provided with manuals so they know how to adapt to flexiworking.

Benefits for employees

Flexiworking does not work in every type of job. For example, shop workers will have to adapt themselves to their clients’ schedule. However, a designer, a programmer or an editor will be able to adapt their schedule to their own needs.

But, are we all able to self-manage ourselves? In order to adapt to flexiworking, employees have to be responsible, and also companies have to trust in the capacity and talent of their teams. If employees want to manage their own job, they need to have good organisational skills and need to be very good at managing their time.  This is why they need to have the technology, working habits and training that allow them to give their best.

Evaluating employees by their achievements and accomplished objectives instead of by the hours spent in the office allows us to establish a meritocracy. What matters is what you produce, not how and when. That is why evaluating is easier if focused on every employee real performance.

Besides, flexible working hours are beneficial to conciliation and the balance between personal and working life. Of course, if a worker is happy, the productivity of the company will improve. But that is not all. The worker’s commitment and motivation when facing his job will also improve.

Benefits for companies

According to a report from IESE, ‘Efectos de la conciliación en el compromiso, la satisfacción y el salario emocional‘, a good working environment increase by four the commitment of the employees towards the company they work for.  In fact, a company sees how its productivity increases and its cost savings increment by 20% when flexiworking improves the commitment and motivation of an employee.

Although companies such as Banco Santander, Iberdrola or BBVA have already committed to improving the emotional wage of their employees, just 13% of the Spanish companies implemented flexiworking. Do you want to be next?

Kiply and flexiworking

Flexiworking is possible thanks to new technologies that make telecommuting easier as well as allow us to manage our teams at any time and from any place without being necessary for employees to be in the office.

We not only work while sitting in front of the computer. Now, we also work from our smartphone or tablet. We will be much more efficient professionals if we have the tools needed to get to know the use we are making of these devices and so, how and in what we spend our time while working.

Kiply will help you get to know how much time you spend on every project or task, to analyse the development of your team, to learn and to improve. And all this in a fun way. The best part is that you get to do it from any place. Download Kiply for free and learn how to confidently improve your professional and personal life. If you are a company, get in touch with us so you can get the new version. Improving your employees’ productivity and your own has never been easier.

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